Katya Stark

Katya Stark (She/They)

Professional Counselor Associate

MS, NCC

Supervisor: Roza Skenderova, LPC

Life is complex and confusing and therapy is a map to self-understanding. Let's go!

Client Status

accepting clients

Contact

5034159218

Oregon Plaza Building

Portland, 97232

At a Glance

Me

Rate: $130-$200

Provides free initial consultation

Practicing Since: 2022

Languages: English, Русский

Services

  • Individual
  • Relationship
  • Teen

Insurances Accepted

  • OHP CareOregon/HealthShare

My Ideal Client

I guide people in examining what gets in the way of making better life choices; I focus on helping my clients reconnect with their playfulness, spontaneity, and joy. I enjoy working with people willing and ready to engage in a deep and honest dialogue with me on their core beliefs and unexplored or unconscious motivations. I am passionate about initiating healing and support for LGBTQIA + folks, women, survivors of intimate partner abuse, immigrants, refugees, and people who feel oppressed.

My Approach to Helping

I have an integrative approach to therapy which means I apply different theories depending on the client's needs. I explore how the family of origin dynamics, including relationships with parents, cultural identity, gender identity, racial identity, sexual identity, social class, and traumatic events shape one's everyday experience. I am warm, yet direct and seek to establish a thoughtful and constructive interaction with clients, while also allowing them to express pain and uncertainty without judgment. Currently, I am practicing under the supervision of a somatic therapist and expanding my knowledge of body-centered therapy. I am training as a Gestalt therapist with Bob and Rita Resnicks and continuously enhance my knowledge by learning about contemporary therapy practices.

Why I Became a Therapist

In my early thirties, I realized invisible forces were making me feel stuck and frustrated with myself and my direction in life. Subsequently, I sought therapy to help better understand myself and my emotional wounds. I found a safe place where I was heard and understood. This experience was so transformative that it motivated me to become a therapist and support others in their path toward a better life. I love connecting with people and being part of their journey towards healing, self-acceptance, and a hopeful future.

Issues I Treat

Specialties

  • Adjustment Disorder External link

    As someone who has gone through many life changes, I understand that change is stressful and scary. I use cognitive behavior therapy, rooted in ancient Stoic philosophy, to process one's reaction to events and find creative ways of eradicating negative self-talk.

  • LGBTQ Issues External link

    As a queer person born and raised in a conservative culture, I have personally experienced oppressive harassment and discrimination due to my sexual orientation and gender expression. I enjoy working with LGBTQIA+ folks and practice LGBTQIA + affirmative therapy.

  • Domestic Abuse External link

    I received training and gained experience in supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence when I worked as an advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence. I am committed to a feminist approach to therapy by empowering my clients and helping restore boundaries and self-esteem. I use somatic therapy techniques to process the body's reaction to trauma and establish safety.

  • Gender Identity External link

    I provide affirming space to explore sexuality and gender identity and to process how that may be implicated in relationships with family, friends, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. I enjoy working with genderqueer, non-binary, gender-fluid, and gender-nonconforming folks and provide letters to support gender-affirming related care access.

  • Immigration/Acculturation External link

    I have moved and adapted to multiple countries and cultures in order to pursue opportunities. This experience can be both fruitful and painful; I know firsthand what it means to be an outsider and grieve the loss of relationships and memories from my past. I support my clients in their journeys of building a new life in new places while acknowledging and processing losses that are inevitable when adapting to new environments.

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